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OF: Redskins New Era Faces Stern First Test

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Om

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With the 2012 NFL season and dawn of a new era in Redskins football (make no mistake, boom or bust, history will record 2012 as the beginning of the Robert Griffin III Era) just two days away, let us take a last lingering look at the Big Picture.

Because come Sunday, and then over the five months to follow, we will spend our time burrowing deep into into the delicious minutia of the games themselves.

* deep breath *

The preseason (3-1) was certainly satisfying. There were plenty of positives:

•flashes of RG3 potential
•surprisingly crisp rookie backup QB Kirk Cousins
•powerful rookie RB Afred Morris
•as deep and athletic a WR corps as we have seen since The Posse
•something only veteran Redskins observers can recall--apparent depth. This is something the Redskins have NOT boasted in recent memory. The thorough dismantling and domination of Tampa Bay's backups by Washington's offered, at the very least, a comforting sense that the tide may indeed be rising...


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Game minutia? I love it when you talk dirty, Om! ;)

Well done as always!
 

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Less than twenty-four hours to go.

Your prediction is close to mine, so don't feel bad about your choice. Well, it will feel even worse if it holds. But it would be nice to start the season with an upset. Going 3-1 in the preseason may be a bad omen - same record as last preseason. Heck, let's just turn it into good luck and good karma.
 

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Great read Mark - and I agree with your assessment of game 1. I am not without hope that we'll somehow shock the Saints - but if we do, it won't be due to our rookie sensation under center. Instead, it'll be our defense (yeah, the one the unpopular Jim Haslett leads) that will turn the tide.

I'll put it this way. I don't think we win our opener on the road against an excellent Saints team that is highly motivated to show the NFL higher-ups that it doesn't matter what Goodell and Company try to do to them - they are going to win.

Unless, that is, we put Brees on the ground and force turnovers.

We sack Brees 5 or more times and garner at least 3 turnovers? That equals a Redskins win.

But it will take just that.
 

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Sorry. Got carried away with the countdown and never came back to comment. Good read, as always.

I'm fine with even less from Griffin and the offense tomorrow. Just happy to have young Mr. Griffin as a Washington Redskin and will be happy for him to have his first game behind him. Anything more tomorrow, "a few dazzling Sportscenter highs", would be gravy and will have me laughing out loud in front of my TV.

18 Hrs, 41 Mins, 53 Secs

:)

I'm looking forward to seeing Griffin develop this year, and I'm looking forward to reading your work along the way.
 

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